Wedding Receptions in Cornwall and Devon

Jubilee Pool styled shoot

Wedding styling: natural coastal with an arty twist

A nature-inspired, artistic wedding at the Jubilee Pool in Penzance

Tucked away in far-flung west Cornwall, perched out on a rocky headland overlooking the iconic Mount’s Bay, sits a unique outdoor bathing pool. This historic art deco lido sets the scene for this intimate seaside wedding story, where local artists and wedding suppliers gathered together to create a dreamy set-up around the theme of a contemporary Cornish artist’s wedding.

Drawing on many of the associations with west Cornwall – art galleries, folklore, mild weather, fishing heritage and, of course, the eclectic architecture of Penzance town – Salt & Sea Photography Co. created the visual story of an artist and fisherman holding their intimate wedding celebration at Jubilee Pool. Deviating from conventional wedding décor and instead leaning towards the feel of a rustic, tucked-away-down-a-side-street art gallery, the beautiful minimal space of Jubilee Pool’s new café and event space provided the perfect blank canvas for a set-up of artworks, paintbrushes and feasting tables.

With contributions of art from Clare Webb and Molesworth & Bird, the pressed seaweed and whitewashed oil canvas styles married together, along with a natural, elegant cake and trestle tables, to set the tone of a lofty studio. Pippa of Zennor Wild and Sam of Stargazey Wedding Hire transformed the upper gallery overlooking the pool into a breathtaking ceremony space with panoramic views of the bay. The poolside galleries also made the perfect spot for guests to play a selection of retro games, which served as a nod to the vintage roots of the lido.

Crafted in Cornwall by Ailsa Munro, the bride’s separates and jumpsuit-cape-combination reflected the contemporary and whimsical vibe of the setting and, paired with a Portuguese boater hat and leafy green bouquet, created a look befitting a Cornish artist on her wedding day. The groom’s three looks offer different degrees of formality to reflect the laid-back and quirky style of Penzance.

Opened in 1935, Jubilee Pool is the largest remaining example of an art deco lido in the country. In 2014, it was damaged by a horrendous storm and its future remained uncertain; however, the community, council and partners pooled together to raise and secure the funding to restore this much loved, historic saltwater bathing pool.

Today, Jubilee Pool has been lovingly restored and sits proudly upon Battery Rocks, a jewel in the crown of Penzance. Not only has the pool itself been given a new lease of life, but what was formerly a hatch and terrace café now boasts a stylish, beautifully designed café open all year round with accordion windows opening onto the terrace, letting that cool sea breeze waft in. Along with the developments, the lido now has its own event space for hire which hosts exhibitions, community events, fitness classes and meetings. Along with the launch of the brand new geothermally heated pool (the first of its kind in the UK) to look forward to later this year, Jubilee Pool is also planning to host intimate weddings. To register your interest in holding your ceremony or reception at Jubilee Pool, please email

Location Jubilee Pool
Coordination & photography Salt & Sea Photography Co.
Styling Zennor Wild & Stargazey Wedding Hire
Artwork Clare Webb
Molesworth & Bird
Bridal wear Ailsa Munro
Cake Oona’s Cakes
Flowers Zennor Wild
Hair & make-up Ione Make-up and Hair Artist
Furniture & props Stargazey Wedding Hire